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Today's post is the first of a series of four posts that showcase four card designs using the Tidings of Christmas Suite.  This project was presented by Stampin' Up! a little over a week ago as a set of 14 cards that used six 6" x 6" pieces of Designer Series Paper, a piece of Basic White cardstock and assorted colors of cardstock for card bases (using the colors contained in the Designer Series Paper), a punch, and coordinating ribbon.  I took that project and stepped it up a bit.  To download an instruction sheet for the entire set of stepped up cards, click here.

As with anything Stampin' Up! does, there's a good reason for introducing this project to demonstrators.  A selection of Designer Series Paper from the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog is 15% off through August 2nd:  Beauty of the Earth, Bloom Where You're Planted, Hand-Penned, In Good Taste, In The Wild, Pansy Petals, Sweet Symmetry, Tidings of Christmas, and You're A Peach.

This is card design #1.  When Stampin' Up! presented this card design, only the Designer Series Paper diamond of squares is used, the greeting was stamped on a piece of cardstock and punched to create a tag, a piece of ribbon was attached to the tag, and the tag attached to the card front.


The diamond of 4 squares is actually 2 pieces of Designer Series Paper.  A slit is cut into both pieces of paper and the two pieces of paper joined by sliding into each other at the slit.  Adhesive is placed between the two pieces at opposite corners.  Then the paper is folded back to one edge on both sides of the slit to expose the opposite sides of the paper.  

I added a mat for the diamond of 4 squares, embossed the card front using the pine boughs embossing folder from the Wintry 3D Embossing Folders, adhered a strip of Designer Series Paper along the left side of the card front (with an accent color of cardstock peeking out), and used the Christmas Trimmings dies for the cut stocking with the greeting.  Gold cord from the Simply Elegant Trim was tied in a bow under the stocking cuff.  A couple of branches of mistletoe was die cut and attached to the back of the stocking before adhering the stocking at the center of the diamond.


A strip of Designer Series Paper, with an accent strip of cardstock peeking out, was adhered to the panel at the inside sentiment area of the card.  The sentiment was stamped at the upper center of the panel.


Designer Series Paper was adhered to the envelope flap of the Medium Basic White Envelope and Paper Snips were used to trim the excess using the envelope flap as a guide.

The Stampin' Up! project used this design to create three cards.  Here's the second card.  This time I used Sahara Sand for the card base.


And here's the third card.  This card has a Cherry Cobbler card base.


The cardstock and ink colors used for this project use the colors included with the Tidings of Christmas 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper:  Basic White, Cherry Cobbler, Evening Evergreen, Misty Moonlight, Sahara Sand, and Soft Succulent.

Don't think that you need to make Christmas cards using this design.  Go dust off your stash of Designer Series Paper and make some cards!


Card Measurements

Basic White:  2" x 3", 4" x 5-1/4"; Cherry Cobbler:  2-3/4" x 2-3/4"; Evening Evergreen:  5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4" along the 8-1/2" length; 1-1/2" x 4-1/4"; Soft Succulent:  3/8" x 5-1/2", 3/8" x 5-1/4"; Tidings of Christmas 6" x 6" Designer  Series Paper:  2 @ 2-1/2" x 2-1/2", 1" x 5-1/2", 3/4" x 5-1/4", 2-1/4" x 6"; Simply Elegant Trim (gold cord):  8"

Supplies I used to make this card

Stamps:  Tidings & Trimmings; Inks:  Cherry Cobbler, Evening Evergreen; Cardstock:  Basic White, Cherry Cobbler, Evening Evergreen, Soft Succulent; Designer Series Paper:  Tidings of Christmas 6" x 6"; Embellishments:  Simply Elegant Trim (gold cord); Tools:  Wintry 3D Embossing Folder (pine boughs), Christmas Trimmings dies, Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine; Adhesives:  Stampin' Seal, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Other:  Medium Basic White Envelope


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Susan K

Very pretty. I love your stepped up designs. And how generous of you to share your instruction sheet for the entire set of cards! Wow! Wonderful! I love Stampin Up’s DSPs and your cards showcase them perfectly. Thank you!

Mickey Roberts

Thanks so much for your comment, Susan!  Great to hear from you!

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